The middle section of the volume is also pretty good, dealing with Obi-Wan and Alpha's escape from the clutches of Asajj Ventress on Rattatak, where she has been keeping the Jedi prisoner in a Sith gimp-mask. I can only give this volume an average rating - it is a must read only by dint of the fact that it shows Obi-Wan's escape from Ventress.
Ah, to be back at the height of Dark Horse's Star Wars comic days.
All 5 stories are set 16-17 months after the Battle of Geonosis (21 years before the Battle of Yavin), and variously feature Bail Organa, Palpatine, Obi-Wan, Anakin, Yoda, and Asajj Ventress. Summary: In Dead Ends, Senator Organa is warned by an old friend that Palpatine cannot be trusted, which coincides with his observation that the Republic seems to be fundamentally changing. In Bloodlines, Palpatine publicly mourns the loss of an old friend and member of the Jedi Order, but a look back through key moments in their friendship tells a much different story. In Hate and Fear and No Man's Land, Obi-Wan, presumed dead on Jabiim by the Jedi, nears the breaking point as a captive of Asajj Ventress on Rattatak. In Yoda, the venerable Jedi Master undertakes a mission to negotiate with an old friend, the ruler of a planet who is determined to leave the Republic and seems likely to take the entire system with him. Obi-Wan vanishes without trace or explanation from the Battle of Jabiim, and we get one panel at the end of that story explaining that he's a captive of Ventress (though not how that makes any sense). Just like we knew Obi-Wan wasn't dead, we also know he'll escape Ventress and Anakin will find him in time, and beyond that nothing particularly exciting happens.
Dead Ends - 3 stars Bail Organa moving the subplot of Palpatine's political machinations forward, giving the first realizations that there might be a darker shadow looming beyond the end of the Clone War. The whole war/civil rights thing maybe felt more on-the-nose at the time of the Patriot Act than it should have but in retrospect isn't maybe as specific as it felt. Bloodlines - 4 stars Another attempt to show the scope and depth of Palpatine's scheming and ramp up the tension by threatening to unmask him.
Good characterization of Palpatine, he's so politely threatening. I liked this story a lot. I actually read that story and it is was cool. I really hate how flippantly people die in the clone wars like it's no big deal. Liberating planet clone wars stories for some reason always end terribly in more than one way. Now I had some WTF moments reading this comic book such as: *Hurray, pathetic and meaningless Jedi Master deaths. *Is Cal Padawan learner seriously back talking Yoda, the Grand Master Jedi? *You've got to be kidding, Yoda just stands there letting Cal die taking on like 40 house guards? I have mixed feelings about Yoda in this story mainly about how he freaking let a padawan take on 40 house guards with out intervening.
In "Republic 60: Hate and Fear," Obi-wan and Alpha aim for a daring escape from Ventress. In "Republic 64: Bloodlines," we meet Jedi Rhonr Kim, who aims to befriend Palpatine. In "Jedi: Yoda," Toda takes a personal mission to meet with n old friend whose planet refuses to aid the Republic.
3.Hate And Fear Obi-Wan Kenobi, presumed dead by the Jedi order, joins forces with fellow captive ARC clone trooper Alpha in a bid to escape the clutches of Asajj Ventress. 4.No Mans Land Sees Anakin Skywalker lead a rescue mission to rescue Obi-Wan Kenobi despite being told that he must already be dead.
But on the whole the book is a good read - and I like how you can see the cracks yet they are not so obvious as you want to scream at the characters "What you really cannot see what is happen!!!!"
J'ai bien aimé les magouilles de Palpatine pour éliminer le Jedi trop curieux et l'évasion de Kenobi mais les deux autres histoires étaient plutôt ordinaire.
Love how this leaves off from what happened after Jabiim in that we discover Obi-Wan in Asajj Ventriss' prison.
His first published works were stories about the character "Sargon, Mistress of War", who appeared the First Comics series Warp!, based on a series of plays by that same Chicago theatre company.